Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, students should learn basic concepts of statistics and probability to solve problems arising in engineering applications.


MATH 165 (or MATH 165H)


Andee Kaplan
Email: ajkaplan at iastate (Put “[STAT 305 C]” in the subject.)
Office hours: T 11:00-11:50am, W 9:00-9:50am or by appointment in Snedecor Hall 2404

Teaching Assistant

Yifan Zhu
Email: yifanzhu at iastate (Put “[STAT 305 C]” in the subject.)
Office hours: M 2:10-3:00pm, Th 3:10-4:00pm or by appointment in Snedecor Hall 2404.

Course Coordinator

Arka Ghosh
Email: apghosh at iastate (Put “[STAT 305 C]” in the subject.)


Carver Hall 0018
Tue/Thu 9:30-10:50 AM
No class on Tue, March 14 or Thu, March 16 (Spring break).

Required Text

Basic Engineering Data Collection and Analysis
Stephen B. Vardeman and J. Marcus Jobe
ISBN-10: 0-534-36957-X
ISBN-13: 978-0-534-36957-6


JMP 12, freely available for download.
You can find on-campus computers equipped with JMP.

You can also use R, freely available for download.


You can check your grades on Blackboard.

Your final grade is a weighted average of

Your lowest homework grade will be dropped before making the calculation.

I will assign letter grades as follows:

Letter grade Percentage grade X
A X ≥ 93%
A- 89% ≤ X < 93%
B+ 86% ≤ X < 89%
B 83% ≤ X < 86%
B- 79% ≤ X < 83%
C+ 76% ≤ X < 79%
C 73% ≤ X < 76%
C- 69% ≤ X < 73%
D+ 66% ≤ X < 69%
D 63% ≤ X < 66%
D- 59% ≤ X < 63%
F X < 59%


Rules for completing homework assignments:

Weekly homework assignments, along with their respective due dates, are be posted at http://andeekaplan.com/stat305/materials.html. Homeworks will be due on Thursdays at 5pm in Snedecor 2404 (give to the TA, Yifan Zhu), unless otherwise notified in class and/or on the website. Submission must be in hard copy form (printed + stapled) except under extenuating circumstances. Please note, there will be a homework assignment due during dead week.

No late homework will be accepted. At the end of the semester, your lowest assignment grade will be dropped. If you are unable to attend class or go to office hours on the day the homework is due it is your responsibility to turn it in before the due date.


Rules for exams:

Exam information:

Exam Date Location Topics
Exam 1 Feb. 16 MacKay 0117 Ch. 1-4
Exam 2 Mar. 30 MacKay 0117 Ch. 5
Final Exam** May 4 MacKay 0117 Ch. 1-7, 9

**The Final Exam is comprehensive. Our Final Exam is scheduled from 9:45 – 11:45 am on Thursday, May 4th, 2017. Final Exams cannot be taken early!

Conduct and Attendance

Please bring your calculators to class because I will often have you do in-class exercises. Also, please bring any probability tables (standard normal table, Student t table, etc.) to class after I have taught you how to use them.

All the usual rules of classroom etiquette apply. Please be respectful to your peers and your instructor. We need a quiet, distraction-free environment.

I will not take formal attendance in the class, but attendance in class strongly recommended. You are responsible for all material presented in lecture and/or assigned as required reading. If an unexpected illness or incident occurs due to which you are unable to complete the necessary tasks, it is your responsibility to review the notes from class with a friend before contacting the instructor and getting help in office hours.


In order to have a successful semester in this class, it is in your best interest to attend all lecture and follow along with the notes in class. Please come to class, it will make exam preparation and homework easier. Reading the textbook material will be helpful to fill in any gaps in your understanding.

If you keep up with lecture and reading, it is my hope that you will be able to solve most homework problems within an hour each. If you are stumped for over an hour, please e-mail me or come to office hours. Ask for help along the way and the class will go much smoother for both of us.

“Dead Week”

This class follows the Iowa State University Dead Week policy as noted in section 10.6.4 of the Faculty Handbook http://www.provost.iastate.edu/resources/faculty-handbook.

Academic Honesty

The class will follow Iowa State University’s policy on academic dishonesty. Anyone suspected of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Students Office. http://www.dso.iastate.edu/ja/academic/misconduct.html

Disability Resources

Iowa State University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Sect 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. If you have a disability and anticipate needing accommodations in this course, please contact the instructor to set up a meeting within the first two weeks of the semester or as soon as you become aware of your need. Before meeting with the instructor, you will need to obtain a SAAR form with recommendations for accommodations from the Disability Resources Office, located in Room 1076 on the main floor of the Student Services Building. Their telephone number is 515-294-7220 or email disabilityresources@iastate.edu. Retroactive requests for accommodations will not be honored.

Harassment and Discrimination

Iowa State University strives to maintain our campus as a place of work and study for faculty, staff, and students that is free of all forms of prohibited discrimination and harassment based upon race, ethnicity, sex (including sexual assault), pregnancy, color, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or status as a U.S. veteran. Any student who has concerns about such behavior should contact his/her instructor, Student Assistance at 515-294-1020 or email dso-sas@iastate.edu, or the Office of Equal Opportunity and Compliance at 515-294-7612.

Religious Accommodation

If an academic or work requirement conflicts with your religious practices and/or observances, you may request reasonable accommodations. Your request must be in writing, and your instructor or supervisor will review the request. You or your instructor may also seek assistance from the Dean of Students Office or the Office of Equal Opportunity and Compliance.

Contact Information

If you are experiencing, or have experienced, a problem with any of the above policies, email me or academicissues@iastate.edu.


Syllabus is subject to change.